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Vrijzinnigheid: Secular Humanism in Belgium
Volume 39, No. 5
August / September 2019

Many life stances are present in the European Union (EU); adherents of Catholicism, Islam, Judaism, Orthodox Christianity, and Protestantism are widespread. There are also smaller groups of Buddhist or Hindu denominations. These stances, together with secular humanism, form a patchwork of beliefs. Religious and life-stance pluralism is therefore accepted as a major principle of the …


CFI Thinks Outside the Pox
Volume 39, No. 5
August / September 2019

In the highly politicized vaccination wars raging in the United States right now, Ethan Lindenberger is a hero. In March, as a high school senior, the Ohio teen testified before Congress about how he defied his mother’s rabid anti-vaxxer views and started getting himself vaccinated. Lindenberger came to understand that his mother’s views were simply …

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The Ethics of Neurochemical Enhancement
Volume 29, No. 5
August / September 2009

For more than fifteen years now— essentially since Peter D. Kramer’s Listening to Prozac helped a generation overcome much of the stigma associated with one of the most common health problems in the United States— antidepressant use has grown steadily. Even while the drug war placed many so-called recreational drugs off-limits to those inclined to …


Social Pressures for Technological Mood Management
Volume 29, No. 5
August / September 2009

What’s wrong with society wanting us to be happy and friendly? The concern that America was becoming a “Prozac nation” popping happy pills was premature, given the emerging evidence that suppression of clinical trial data had inflated the reported efficacy of SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) like Prozac. Nonetheless, our growing understanding of the neurobiology …


The Case for Happy-People Pills
Volume 29, No. 5
August / September 2009

Most of us think that if pharmacological agents can boost the mood of the clinically depressed, this is a very good result. But what should we think about the prospect of using pharmacological agents to boost the moods of those who exhibit no signs of depression? In other words, should society permit “designer” or “cosmetic” …


The Ethics of Neurochemical Enhancement
Volume 29, No. 5
August / September 2009

For more than fifteen years now— essentially since Peter D. Kramer’s Listening to Prozac helped a generation overcome much of the stigma associated with one of the most common health problems in the United States— antidepressant use has grown steadily. Even while the drug war placed many so-called recreational drugs off-limits to those inclined to …


Social Pressures for Technological Mood Management
Volume 29, No. 5
August / September 2009

What’s wrong with society wanting us to be happy and friendly? The concern that America was becoming a “Prozac nation” popping happy pills was premature, given the emerging evidence that suppression of clinical trial data had inflated the reported efficacy of SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) like Prozac. Nonetheless, our growing understanding of the neurobiology …